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An Alabama judge says a former astronaut charged in the traffic deaths of two girls can continue driving, but with restrictions.
A judge in Tuscaloosa ruled late Friday that former space shuttle commander James Halsell Jr. can’t consume any alcohol, illegal drugs or medication unless he has a prescription.
Circuit Judge Bradley Almond also ruled the 60-year-old Halsell must have a special locking device installed on his car’s ignition. And the Huntsville man must undergo twice-weekly testing.
Halsell fought to keep his driver’s license after being charged with murder in the traffic deaths of two young girls in Tuscaloosa County in June.
The state initially suspended his license but Halsell appealed. Court documents show Halsell was on probation after receiving a DUI ticket in Los Angeles in 2014.
On April 16th, the ISS will become just a wee bit bigger after astronauts install the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. BEAM hitched a ride aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule during its latest (and historic) resupply mission. Astronauts will use the robotic Canadarm2 to unload it from the capsule and move it to position, before unfolding and expanding it to add a 10-x-13-foot area to the station. If all goes well, BEAM will look like a small protrusion from outside the ISS, as you can see at the top center of the image above. The space agency will televise the installation live on NASA TV, so you can watch it go down… if you can wake up at 5:30AM (Eastern time) on a Saturday.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be attached to the station’s Tranquility module over a period of about four hours. Controllers in mission control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will remove BEAM from the unpressurized trunk of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, using the robotic Canadarm2, and move it into position next to Tranquility’s aft assembly port.
NASA astronauts aboard the station will secure BEAM using common berthing mechanism controls. Robotic operations begin at 2:15 a.m. and are expected to be complete by 6:15 a.m.
BEAM launched aboard Dragon on April 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At the end of May, the module will be expanded to nearly five times its compressed size of 7 feet in diameter by 8 feet in length to roughly 10 feet in diameter and 13 feet in length.
Prepare to travel to infinity and beyond—if you can make the cut.
a new class of astronauts, and as of today (Dec. 14), it’s accepting applications. Do you have what it takes? Watch the video to find out.
But be warned: Being selected doesn’t necessarily guarantee a ticket to space. There’s a two-year evaluation period
in which candidates have to pass physical tests and master a variety of Russian language, robotics, and flight-training skills, among other requirements.
Those who make it, though, will enter an elite family tasked with expanding the world’s knowledge of the universe.
NASA’s hiring a new class of astronauts, and as of today (Dec. 14), it’s accepting applications. Do you have what it takes? Watch the video to find out.
But be warned: Being selected doesn’t necessarily guarantee a ticket to space. There’s a two-year evaluation period in which candidates have to pass physical tests and master a variety of Russian language, robotics, and flight-training skills, among other requirements.
The agency expects to announce candidate finalists in mid-2017. If chosen, the new astronauts might fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.
“NASA is on an ambitious journey to Mars and we’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to help get us there,” said NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden.